Soft Story

A view looking east toward man-made islands of the Lake Merritt Bird Sanctuary. The Bellevue-Staten apartment building is in view, and the Oakland/Piedmont Hills are in the background. (Wikipedia)

Report: Thousands Of Oakland Apartments Could Collapse In A Major Earthquake

The report found 22,000 rental units are at risk of failure. One out of 10 renters in Oakland lives in such a dwelling.

10/18/2014

(CBS SF)

Some Oakland Landlords Forgo Retrofitting Thousands Of Quake Prone Buildings

Every time there’s a quake come the reminders about being prepared and the need to upgrade old buildings. But some owners are skipping the retrofitting altogether.

08/29/2014

An inspection tag marking a structure as unsafe following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. (CBS)

Napa Quake Serves As Wake-Up Call To Thousands Of Un-Screened Soft Story Buildings In San Francisco

San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is hoping that the Napa earthquake will be a wakeup call for owners of 2,000 soft story apartment buildings that have not been screened for seismic safety.

08/25/2014

A soft-story residential building damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. (ABAG)

About The Bay: The Hard Reality Of SF’s Soft-Story Buildings

Own a “soft story building” in San Francisco? Expect to be hearing from the City of San Francisco over the next few months.

06/03/2013

Many Marina buildings, like this one at Jefferson and Divisadero, had to be destroyed. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Mayor Lee Signs New Earthquake Upgrade Requirement For SF Apartment Buildings

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation on Thursday—the 107th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire—that aims to make thousands of apartments in the city safer during the next large quake.

04/19/2013

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